Andrey Boreyko, conductor: ‘Great choice’.
Daniel Harding, conductor: ‘A serious, humble, dedicated and fascinating musician.’
Anon. conductor: ‘He’s Kleiberesque.’
Sir Peter Jonas, retired intendant: ‘This is a wonderful and visionary appointment for the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin itself as the artistic centre of Europe. Kirill Petrenko is one of the great conductors of our time.’
Germany’s Culture Minister, Monika Grütters: ‘A lovely surprise, a brilliant choice, a strong signal.’
Fabio Luisi, conductor: ‘one of the most serious, no-nonsense conductors around, a man dedicated to music, a great colleague and a musician who doesn’t care about personal fame and success, but only cares about the integrity of art.’
Dietmar Schwarz, Intendant of the Deutsche Oper Berlin: ‘A universal conductor’.